The Anri company, founded by Anton Riffeser in 1912 in Val Gardena, South Tyrol, Northern Italy, is world-renowned for its hand carved and hand painted figurines. Anton Riffeser named the company Anri using the first two letters of his first and last name.
The creator of this fabulous Anri carving is renowned artist Juan Ferrandiz Castell. Born in Barcelona, poet, artist, illustrator and author of children's books, is known as the creator of the most symbolically rich and original Christmas cards.
Ferrandiz receives his basic artistic education at the Academy of Fine Arts, and was Art Professor at the Industrial University while devoting himself to the design of figurines based on his special predilection for childlike themes.
His subjects include various small animals, such as cats, dogs, mice, rabbits, squirrels, birds, lambs, always united as symbols of fraternity in harmony with the innocence of childhood. The complete opus of Ferrandiz is to create a world of love, of comprehension and of poetry where hatred is banished and where peace is the one message which unites people from all over the world.
This wonderful carving depicts a young girl enjoying the sweet aroma of a long stemmed, large blossom she is holding with both hands. A basket full of additional flowers hangs from the bend of her right arm. By her side is a darling rabbit standing on back legs and holding another large blossom with his front paws, while a chipping bird is perched on the brim of the girl's hat. The carving, which stands 6 1/4" in height, is marked on the back of the base "J Ferrandiz". The bottom has the pewter button "Anri" with copyright symbol. There are no chips, cracks or repairs; the paint is excellent. Great "Anri" carving.
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